Had written this poem in 2017. Felt the need to re-post it today on World Poetry Day after reading the papers. A massive glacier “The Totten Glacier”, the size of France is slowly moving from Antarctica in the ocean. It is much larger than was thought earlier and could wreak havoc when it melts. Then watched the BBC News and saw the amount of garbage dumped in the oceans. While we worry over petty things and work towards providing the best to our children, what about the earth that we are leaving behind for our kids?
National Poetry Writing Challenge, Day 22 is to write a georgic poem in honor of Earth Day. The georgic could be a simple set of instructions on how to grow or care something, but it could incorporate larger themes as to how land should be used (or not used) or for what purposes.
Notes – 1)Shalom is the Hebrew word for farewell. 2)In a whole year of 8760 hours, we can’t just devote one hour to the earth we live on. We have no existence without the earth.
Each one of us has a role. If you’re wondering what you can do to help, say “No” to plastic bags, stop using plastic disposable plates, cups etc., plant some trees, nurture some plants, don’t waste electricity, don’t waste paper and be the center of the circle of influence. Let’s do what we can. We owe it to this world. We owe it to our children. I would request each one of you to show responsibility towards whats happening.Do share your comments below on what you’ve done until now to help reduce global warming or what you intend doing henceforth.
We call it progress,
All we did was digress,
Forgot the basic tenet,
We and the elected senate,
It’s time we watch out,
Can’t continue to flout,
All the signs out there,
Are saying “Beware, Beware”!
The glaciers are melting,
Fresh water’s depleting,
Sea levels rising,
Why isn’t anybody listening?
Flowers are wilting,
A sure slow poisoning,
For what are we waiting?
Tornadoes, Thunder showers, Cyclones, Hurricanes,
Floods, Forest fires, Droughts, Heavy Rains,
Tsunamis, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, the impacts insane,
We’re destroying the earth for our personal gains,
The generations to come shall pay the price and bear the pains,
And think of us with utter disdain,
We don’t care, We won’t be there, so let them clean up our stains,
While we ignore and ignore and continue to feign!
Awaken, one and all, open your eyes to the destruction,
Industrialization’s negative repercussion,
Arms and ammunition, aggravating the situation,
Graver than climate change, the rising air pollution,
Flora, fauna and the human race, on the path to extinction,
Talking’s no more a solution,
What’s required is a collective action,
It’s their job, not ours, a faulty notion!
Let the children not pay the price for our indifference,
Let’s work together to make a difference,
Not enough an hour out of Eight thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty,
Not enough a day out of Five and Three Hundred and Sixty,
Not enough to change our losses into wins,
Not enough to pay for our sins,
It’s our planet, our world, our home,
Let’s each do our part before we say Shalom, Shalom.
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